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Camping in Scarborough, Maine. Gathering for church in Chincoteague, Virginia. Or just grabbing a burger at Poopy’s Pub and Grub in Savanna, Illinois.
Each of these activities became the subject of a federal lawsuit, as residents, businesses and even lawmakers challenged state shutdown orders designed to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
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The cases test where the lines are safely drawn, as governors balance protecting public health against individual liberties. Governors say strict rules save lives, but critics who are forced to stay home or shutter their businesses called the steps “draconian” or compared them to “house arrest.” The lawsuits come as President Donald Trump has become increasingly vocal in criticism of state restrictions, encouraged protests at state capitols and urged churches to reopen despite restrictions.
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More than 1,300 state and federal lawsuits have been filed over COVID-19, including 240 dealing with civil rights, as of Friday, according to Hunton Andrews Kurth, a law firm tracking the cases. USA TODAY reviewed more than 80 lawsuits that often dealt with conditions at prisons and nursing homes, voting rights, and university tuition. USA TODAY focused on legal challenges to restrictions such as stay-at-home orders and business closures, and also whether abortion or church services can be limited during the pandemic, to gauge which orders were being challenged and how states were responding.
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The eventual rulings could redefine the balance between state police powers and constitutional rights that advocates contend are too important to sacrifice even temporarily. Abortions are time-sensitive. Buyers want guns during times of crisis. And parishioners seek solace at church. Other lawsuits test whether rules go beyond legislative authorities by requiring people to isolate themselves, stay apart in public and wear masks.
“I tend to think there will be some new law made only because there are new scenarios that courts haven’t encountered before," said Polly Price, a law professor at Emory University. “What they’re balancing is the scientific basis for a particular measure and the state’s need for it, in the face of uncertainty, to protect the public health."
But Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University, expected only minor changes in the scope of police powers because even if gun shops and churches win their lawsuits, their activities cover a small fraction of the overall shutdown.
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“The scope of this kind of shutdown is unprecedented in American history and maybe even unprecedented in the history of liberal democracies generally," Somin said. "The overall impact of these cases on the police power, even if the plaintiffs ultimately succeed, is pretty small."
Edward Richards, a law professor at Louisiana State University who has a master’s degree in public health for disease control, said health restrictions have been held paramount since the threat of yellow fever hung over the Constitutional Convention. But he said businesses have always been skeptical and political leaders now openly question the legitimacy of health science.
“The legal picture doesn’t give us a real portrayal of the long-term ambivalent support toward public health," Richards said. "We’ve never had the governmental authorities starting with the president actively undermining the public’s trust in public health, actively questioning whether the diseases are actually serious.”
Access to abortion amid the pandemic became a legal issue when some governors banned non-essential medical procedures, to preserve hospital space for COVID-19 patients. In Texas, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Gov. Greg Abbott's March 22 order banning elective procedures covered abortion.
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But two other appeals courts – panels of the 10th Circuit and the 6th Circuit – allowed abortions to continue despite state orders against elective procedures from Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.
“We do not uphold an injunction against state action lightly, much less during a public health crisis like the one our nation is experiencing now,” Judge Karen Nelson Moore wrote for the 6th Circuit, favoring flexibility for governors and legislatures to balance rights. “Affording flexibility, however, is not the same as abdicating responsibility, especially when well-established constitutional rights are at stake, as the right to abortion most assuredly is.”
In this Wednesday, March 4, 2020 file photo, abortion rights demonstrators including Jaylene Solache, of Dallas, Texas, right, rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington. In some states, the 2020 COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has fueled attempts to ban abortions. Where the procedure remains available, some abortion providers report increased demand, often from women distraught over economic stress and health concerns linked to the pandemic.
Protesters demanding Florida businesses and government reopen, march in downtown Orlando, Fla., Friday, April 17, 2020. Small-government groups, supporters of President Donald Trump, anti-vaccine advocates, gun rights backers and supporters of right-wing causes have united behind a deep suspicion of efforts to shut down daily life to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Another side-effect of shutdown orders halted gun sales, either because governors deemed stores non-essential or because government services were suspended.
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The Connecticut Citizens Defense League filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Ned Lamont because fingerprinting for a personal background check that is required for gun permits was suspended.
State Attorney General William Tong said the lawsuit has no merit and he would defend Lamont’s order. A hearing is scheduled for June 1.
In Massachusetts, gun stores sued Gov. Charles Baker for ordering the shops closed as non-essential. U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock temporarily blocked Baker’s order May 9 so long as workers and customers wear face coverings and schedule appointments for sales, with no more than four per hour.
“The need for personal self-defense is most acute during times of uncertainty and crisis – when law enforcement services may not be available or may not be reliably available, and when (as now) criminal offenders may be released from custody or may be less likely to be taken into custody in the first place," said the lawsuit from businesses Troy City Tactical, Shooting Supply and others.
Places of worship are one place people can gather during a pandemic that forced people apart. But the risks linger, like when 180 parishioners became infected during a Mothers Day service in California. Many Georgia churches stayed closed as restrictions eased.
Kentucky has been a battleground. Two federal judges upheld Gov. Andy Beshear’s order against gatherings including the church of more than 10 people. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican, opposed Democrat Beshear's order for church services in a court filing.
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On May 2, a panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily allowed drive-in services by loudspeakers at Maryville Baptist Church. A week later, the appeals court also allowed in-person services.
“There are some things you can’t do online that you can do in person,” said Mathew Staver, a lawyer representing the church, who said two state troopers walked car to car during the drive-in service handing out quarantine notices.
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A woman accepts treats during a drive through Eid al-Fitr celebration outside a closed mosque in Plano, Texas, on May 24. Many Muslims in America are navigating balancing religious and social rituals with concerns over the virus as they look for ways to capture the Eid spirit this weekend.
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant prepares a plane bound for Orlando, Florida, for takeoff on May 24 at Kansas City International airport. About three dozen passengers boarded the plane with a capacity of nearly 150 as people are opting not to travel on the normally busy Memorial Day holiday to minimize the chance of spreading COVID-19.
A deacon at Grace Bible Church, left, hands out individually packed communion kits to parishioners during service at Grace Bible Church on May 24, in Tempe, Arizona. Parishioners practiced social distancing, most wearing face coverings, as the church held its first in-person service since March due to the coronavirus.
Deacon Robert Lavanco of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church prays with Krystyna Kopacki as she kneels in the street during a procession, to bring blessings to worshipers outside their homes while their church sanctuary is closed, in Queens, New York City, on May 24.
A flight crew member wears a protective face mask while arriving from New Zealand at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on an unusually empty Memorial Day weekend during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Los Angeles, California on May 23.
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Other cases are pending. In Minnesota, churches joined non-essential businesses in suing to block Gov. Tim Walz's orders. Walz created "a draconian shutdown that picks winners and losers, with devastating effects," the lawsuit said.
“Worshippers across Minnesota have been prohibited from assembling to celebrate Easter and the Passover, while liquor stores have remained open,” said the lawsuit from Northland Baptist Church, Living Word Christian Center, Glow in One Mini Golf and Myron’s Cards and Gifts. “Target, Walmart, Walgreens and CVS are open, while local Hallmark stores are closed. Golf courses and bait shops are open, but indoor amusement facilities are shut.”
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Walz spokesman Teddy Tschann said the governor’s actions were grounded in the need to protect the health and safety of Minnesotans.
U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright scheduled a hearing in the case for Tuesday.
In Virginia, Pastor Kevin Wilson at Lighthouse Fellowship Church of Chincoteague received a citation after 16 people attended a Palm Sunday service, and parishioners were threatened with citations if they returned for Easter. Gov. Ralph Northam barred gatherings of more than 10 people through June 10.
U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen's rejected a request from the church to block Northam's order because it does "not refer to a religious practice to single it out for discriminatory treatment."
Staver, a lawyer who is appealing the decision and representing the pastor in criminal court, said the church doesn’t have an internet option and caters to vulnerable parishioners with histories of prostitution or drug addiction.
“The church is their family, so they don’t have any other option,” Staver said.
Churches gained powerful allies. Trump announced Friday that his administration would consider churches and synagogues essential and he told governors to reopen them for the Memorial Day weekend. The Justice Department had already warned states in letters not to discriminate against places of worship.
“The commonwealth of Virginia has offered no good reason for refusing to trust congregants who promise to use care in worship in the same way it trusts accountants, lawyers and others to do the same,” said Eric Dreiband, chief of the department’s civil rights division.
Dreiband has also warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom against discriminating against places of worship by resuming operations at schools, restaurants and offices first.
"Whichever level of restrictions you adopt, these civil rights protections mandate equal treatment of persons and activities of a secular and religious nature," Dreiband's letter said.
State lawmakers challenging governors
Dr. Irwin Redlener, co-director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, said the country needs leadership to explain why lifting shutdown orders would be dangerous before developing tools to ensure public health.
“Opening stores before we have the ability to do on-site daily testing is just playing Russian roulette with our families,” said Redlener, a clinical professor of health management. “We don’t want to take a step or many steps backward where economic or political interests can override the public’s health.”
Restrictions repeatedly pitted Democratic governors against Republican lawmakers, as officials grappled with how strict to make shutdown orders and how soon to relax them. In Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order under a lawsuit from the state legislature. Even after the order was lifted, many continued to stay home.
Under a 1905 U.S. Supreme Court decision, courts tend to side with public health restrictions so long as they are based on science and tailored to deal with the emergency. State courts have supported restrictions set by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Northam, whose restrictions sparked high-profile protests in Lansing and Raleigh.
In Maryland, U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake refused May 20 to overturn Gov. Larry Hogan's orders for residents to stay home and close non-essential businesses, and for passengers on public transportation to wear masks. Hogan "made reasonable choices" informed by date and science, Blake wrote, while critics including state lawmakers, ministers and tourist destinations, minimized the risks of the pandemic with "no contrary scientific authority."
The U.S. Supreme Court refused May 6 to hear a Pennsylvania case challenging Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders closing non-essential businesses. Price, the Emory professor, said the high court likely wouldn't intervene in a business case because rules vary across the 50 states, but a ruling would apply nationwide.
"If they did that, it would be very hard to apply that in the other 49 states," Price said.
Other cases are still pending. Illinois Rep. Darren Bailey, a Republican, argued in a state lawsuit that Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s shutdown orders violated his rights by quarantining him at home, and by preventing him from traveling and attending worship services. The lawsuit contends Pritzker’s orders are unauthorized because the state legislature set a 30-day limit for governors to exercise such emergency police powers.
But Pritzker moved the case Thursday to U.S. District Court because of the constitutional issues at stake. Bailey opposed the move. The U.S. Justice Department filed an argument Friday in the federal case urging the federal court to return the case to state court.
“However well-intentioned they may be, the executive orders appear to reach far beyond the scope of the 30-day emergency authority granted to the governor under Illinois law,” said Steven Weinhoeft, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. “Even during times of crisis, executive actions undertaken in the name of public safety must be lawful.”
In Michigan, U.S. GOP Rep. Paul Mitchell challenged the governor's orders for individuals to stay home and close businesses as unconstitutional – and not needed.
“Given that the projected surge has not occurred, there is no basis, either legally or factually, to continue any further mandatory lockdown orders under criminal penalty,” Mitchell’s lawsuit said. “In short, Mitchell brings this lawsuit to define the limits of a State’s police power.”
In Washington, four state lawmakers – Drew MacEwen, Andrew Barkis, Chris Corry and Brandon Vick – seek to block Gov. Jay Inslee’s restrictive orders.
“We can declare victory,” the lawsuit said of success in curbing the spread of the virus. “While the governor says otherwise, the facts don’t lie, and the Constitution does not authorize him to maintain infringements on Constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties on his mere say-so, with no avenue of review or redress.”
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, center, and Isaiah Tsosie, right, an office specialist with the Coyote Canyon chapter, move fresh food off a truck to be distributed to community members at a food distribution point before the start of a weekend long curfew, in Coyote Canyon, N.M., on the Navajo Nation on May 15, 2020. All businesses including the 13 grocery stores on the reservation were closed during the weekend long curfew to combat the new coronavirus pandemic. The Navajo Nation has been one of the hardest hit areas from the COVID-19 pandemic in the entire United States.
Workers have nearly completed preparations for the arrival of Illinois state representatives at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield, Ill. on May 18, 2020, when the Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield for three days to take up a spring session workload long delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The House will gather at the downtown location instead of in their chamber in the Illinois Capitol building a few blocks away because it affords more space for legislators to practice social distancing.
Candace Montgomery finishes a hair cut with Ralph Duncan of Anderson at Great Clips in Anderson, S.C. Monday, May 18, 2020. Gyms, salons, tattoo parlors and other close-contact businesses in the Upstate opened their doors Monday after an executive order closing them was lifted in South Carolina.
A crew member in a mask looks on in the garage area prior to the NASCAR Cup Series The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 17, 2020 in Darlington, South Carolina. NASCAR resumes the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) helps to register families as they wait in line in their vehicles for food to be distributed by the group Empowering Culpeper at the Culpeper Sports Complex May 16, 2020 in Culpeper, Virginia.
Joe Barnes, owner of Safe Spray Services, sprays disinfectant at Rococo restaurant as he treats and cleans the surfaces on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Barnes turned his grease traps cleaning service to a COVID-19 deep-cleaning service, that includes disinfectant spay, clean-up and UV ray treatment, to contribute to the pandemic response and keep his employees paid.
Shandrika Pritchett, an APRN with the Walton County Health Department, administers a COVID-19 test at a drive-thru testing station set up at the Van R Butler Elementary School on May 14, 2020 in South Walton County, Fla.
Lee Moore of White Plains, N.Y. picks out Mother's Day roses at Sunshine Market in White Plains May 10, 2020. Moore was buying roses for her mother, mother-in-law, and a friend, all of which she said would be delivered while practicing social distancing, including just leaving the roses for her friend on her doorstep.
A woman dressed in a former New England Patriots' Tom Brady jersey, waits in line at a food distribution site, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. The donated food was delivered to the site in the Patriots' team truck.
Angela Hernandez has her hair washed at Kosmo Salon on Friday, May 8, 2020. Barbershops and nail salons reopened on Friday, May 8, 2020 as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to reopen after coronavirus closures.
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Alice Mayes, 92, is visited by her family at Signature HealthCARE on May 6, 2020 in NewBurgh, Ind. The family, from left, Onya Rhoades, Lexi Rhoads, 3, Dylan Rhoades, 5, Kaitlyn Helmbrecht, 2, James Helmbrecht and Del Mayes were separated by a window glass on May 6, 2020 in Newburgh, Ind. The 92-year-old is a COVID-19 survivor.
Members of the National Nurses United stand among 88 pairs of empty shoes representing nurses that they say have died from COVID-19 while demonstrating in Lafayette Park across from the White House May 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. The union is protesting during Nurses' Week to demand that their employers and the federal government 'provide safe workplaces by providing optimal personal protective equipment (PPE), safe staffing, presumptive eligibility for workers compensation benefits and more' during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Jurek Williamson, the owner of King’s Temple Barber Shop in Memphis, Tenn. cuts the hair of Dashawn Whiting, 16, on May 6, 2020, the first day he is able to reopen his shop during Phase 1 of the city’s plan to restart the economy after it was shuttered over fears stemming from spread of the coronavirus pandemic. (Via OlyDrop)
No need for social distancing on this day at the Whippy Dip ice cream stand in Erie, Pa. on May 5, 2020. Ed Beck, center, walks across the white X's placed six feet apart to help customers practice social distancing due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
With senators practicing social distancing Justin Walker testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
Lisa Ford, right, of Kyle, gets her temperature checked by Margaret Capulin before entering EVO Entertainment on Monday. The movie theater in Kyle, Texas reopened Monday after Gov. Greg Abbott last week lifted the shelter in place order and allowed retail stores, restaurants and some other businesses to open to the public at no more than 25% capacity.
The casket of Paul Cary rests in the back of an Ambulnz ambulance at Newark International Airport where his body will be flown back to his home state of Colorado on May 3, 2020. Cary died of complications from COVID-19, he became sick while serving as a volunteer with Ambulnzís State of New York COVID Response team.
Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Curtis Sulcer wipes down an escalator for shoppers at the North Park Mall in Dallas, Saturday, May 2, 2020. Texas charged into its first weekend of re-opening the economy with residents allowed to go back to malls, restaurants, movie theaters and retail stores in limited numbers.
Tymber Bryant, left, and Jackie Baker, with the 228 Theater Tactical Signal Brigade of the South Carolina National Guard in Spartanburg, place food in the car of Sterling Crawford of Abbeville, food from Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina at the Department of Social Services Abbeville County Government Buildings in Abbeville, S.C. on Friday, May 1, 2020. Donal Dickens, the Williamston Branch Manager of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina said there was enough food for three days for 500 families who drove through, which ran out in two hours.
United States Postal Service mail carrier Frank Colon, 59, delivers mail amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 30, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. Everyday the United States Postal Service employees work and deliver essential mail to customers.
Medical workers take in patients outside of a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on May 01, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hospitals in New York City, which have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus, are just beginning to see a downturn in COVID-19 cases.
The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort prepares to depart Manhattan's West Side to return to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 30, 2020 in New York City. The USNS Comfort, a floating hospital in the form of a Navy ship, is departing New York after the last patient aboard was discharged earlier this week. The Comfort's 1,000 beds and 12 operation rooms were deployed to ease pressure on New York hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Richard Frady of Hartwell, Georgia, a recovering COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit at AnMed Health in Anderson, waves a "Can't Wait to be Home!" sign on his 32nd day after diagnosis, to his wife Sally Frady and daughter Allison Nissen of Atlanta, from his window at the hospital with medical staff in Anderson, S.C. Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
Phoenix Fire Department engineer Jake Fierros, left, receives a free antibody test for the new coronavirus, administered by Phoenix Fire Department engineer paramedic Johnny Johnson at the Phoenix Fire Department training facility in Phoenix on April 28, 2020. Antibody tests, do not test for the presence of COVID-19 itself, but detect whether someone has the antibodies in their immune system to fight off the virus. Within ten minutes after taking the test that first responder was notified by phone if they tested positive. The tests available to all members of the Phoenix Fire Department were organized by the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.
AnMed Health staff and bystanders take photos and video of F-16 planes from The South Carolina Air National Guard 169th Fighter Wing flying over the hospital in Anderson, S.C. Monday, April 27, 2020. The group stated they "are humbled by the sacrifices made from our first responders and healthcare professionals. As our jets return from a training mission late Monday morning, 27 April, our six-ship formation of Swamp Fox F-16 fighter jets will split off into three groups, with each group flying over different regions of the state in a display of national thanks to all who are fighting the good fight.""Our flight planners did their best to cover as many areas of our great state that flight limitations could allow. We wish we could flyover everyone who are contributing to winning the fight against COVID-19."
Vehicles line up to receive food during a donation drive by World Central Kitchen in the parking lot of the Camden Yards Sports Complex, Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Baltimore. World Central Kitchen conducted its food relief operation during the coronavirus outbreak to help relieve food insecurity faced by Baltimore's vulnerable communities, at the request of Governor Larry Hogan.
Eric Jones, 15, bowls as his dad, Heath, watches in the backyard of their Oklahoma City home, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Health and his son Eric built a bowling lane in their backyard so that Eric, a competitive bowler, could continue to bowl while bowling alleys are closed.
Caskets of Muslims who have passed away from the coronavirus are prepared for burial at a busy Brooklyn funeral home on the first day of Ramadan on April 24, 2020 in New York. Like the majority of New York City funeral homes, services that deal with the dead in New York's Muslim communities have been overwhelmed with the large number of deceased. Around the world, Muslims are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan under severe restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. New York City, which has been the hardest hit city in America from COVID-19, is starting to see a slowdown in hospital visits and a lowering of the daily death rate from the virus.
Cars line up for food at the Utah Food Bank's mobile food pantry at the Maverik Center, Friday, April 24, 2020, in West Valley City, Utah. As coronavirus concerns continue, the need for assistance has increased, particularly at the Utah Food Bank.
Fitness coordinator Janet Hollander, leads a session of Balcony Boogie from outside Willamette Oaks in Eugene, Oregon for residents sheltering in their apartments during the COVID-19 shutdown Tuesday April 21, 2020. The staff of the senior housing center have modified some of the regular routines for residents, staging activities like morning stretches and aerobic opportunities while still observing social distancing protocols.
Sheila Parr and her daughters Violet Cann, left, 7, and Stella Cann, 5, donate food and toilet paper to the Little Free Library on Princeton Drive in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday April 21, 2020. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the book exchange boxes around the U.S. are being repurposed as sharing boxes with free food and toilet paper.
The Paterson fire department COVID-19 EMS unit responds to a call for a person under investigation of having the coronavirus on April 16, 2020. Paterson has one of the highest coronavirus caseloads in N.J., with about 3,000 residents testing positive, according to New Jersey health officials.
Alma Cropper, 84, left, is given a coronavirus test near her vehicle at a walk-up testing center, April 20, 2020, in Annapolis, Md. According to the City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management, the testing site began with a limited number of tests for people with symptoms on Monday.
People wait in line for a coronavirus test at one of the new walk-in COVID-19 testing sites that opened at the located in the parking lot of NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Morrisania in the Bronx Section of New York on April 20, 2020.
A pedestrian uses a face cover while walking in downtown Durham, N.C., Friday, April 17, 2020. Gov. Roy Cooper's stay-home orders remain in effect as the coronavirus has not yet reached its peak in the state according to some hospitals.
IMPD cadets salute during a traditional 10-42 end of duty call for IMPD Officer Breann Leath, Thursday, April 16, 2020. "I'm just heartbroken," Hannon, who indicated she has members of her family on police departments, said about the death of Leath.
Mike Lane, a gas station attendant, tries to protect himself the best way he can to avoid the coronavirus while working at a Sunoco in Ridgefield Park, N.J. on April 15, 2020. NJ is the only state with full service gas in the country.
To reduce the number of times a patient's room door is opened and the amount of personal protective equipment required, nurses in the intensive care unit of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital communicate through a window with an erasable whiteboard from a COVID-19 patient's room on April 14, 2020 in Leonardtown, Maryland.
A woman gestures to a child in a protective face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus to pose for a photograph with the Rocky statue outfitted with mock surgical face mask at the Philadelphia Art Museum in Philadelphia, April 14, 2020.
Finn, Thunder and Lego at the window of Ronald Boik visiting him as their owner Nicole George holds their leashes at the Cedar Woods Assisted Living in Belleville, Michigan on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Nicole and Tim George brought their three alpacas, Thunder, Finn and Lego to the nursing home to brighten up the day for some of the 110 residents that live there. Nozmi Elder, 70 of Dearborn and owner of Cedar Woods Assisted Living said most of the residents have been confined to their rooms for the past three weeks as precautions for the Coronavirus and thought the site of alpacas visiting them would lift their spirits.
A man wearing a mask walks by St. John's United Methodist Church COVID-19 Cross of Hope in Anderson, S.C. on April 9, 2020. The cross with royal blue ribbons for each diagnosed person in South Carolina started when there were 450 cases, but as the cross was placed in front of the church Thursday morning, the cases in South Carolina are at 2,552 with 63 deaths.
Sandra Cooley waves from her window to the Easter Bunny as he visits Crimson Village assisted living community Thursday, April 9, 2020. The bunny came from Amediysis, a home health, hospice care and personal care company that serves Crimson Village. The bunny stayed outside the building to ensure safety from COVID-19 exposure to the residents.
Rabbi Dean Shapiro (left) of Temple Emanuel in Tempe, angles his laptop so others online can see their Seder plate as Shapiro's partner, Haim Ainsworth and their son, Jacob Shapiro-Ainsworth, 11, look on, as they participate in an online Seder during the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover at their home in Tempe on April 8, 2020. The Seder which included members from Temple Emanuel was being held online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
First Responders gathered outside of Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. on April 8, 2020, to applaud the doctors, nurses and staff for the hard work they are doing during the coronavirus pandemic.
A woman looks for a director after voting at Riverside High School in Milwaukee on April 7, 2020. The Wisconsin primary is moving forward in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic after Gov. Tony Evers sought to shut down Tuesday's election in a historic move Monday that was swiftly rejected by the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the end of the day.
Becky Kops, right, uses a picker to hand her friend, Dajen Bohachek, a present as friends of Bohachek, of Bayside, held a social distance drive by birthday party for her during the coronavirus to celebrate her 44th birthday in Bayside, Wis. on Friday, April 3, 2020. The group decorated their vehicles at the Fox Point Village Hall before heading to Bohachek’s home to celebrate from the road. The stay at home order and the necessity to stay socially distant from each other has inspired creative ways for people to connect.
An Arlington County employee speaks with a woman at a drive-thru donation point created to collect unused and unopened personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and some food items to help people responding to the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, in Arlington, Virginia on April 3, 2020.
Lorena Dominguez, a campus operations specialist at the IDEA Rundberg charter school in Austin, Texas, teaches math to kindergartener Reighan Holzkamp, 6, on Wednesday April 1, 2020. Ten children of first responders and essential workers are being taught at the school amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A body wrapped in plastic is prepared to be loaded onto a refrigerated container truck used as a temporary morgue by medical workers due to COVID-19 concerns, March 31, 2020, at Brooklyn Hospital Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
State Rep. Vincent Pierre, D-Dist. 44, wears gloves as he holds his hand to his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance, as legislators convene in a limited number while exercising social distancing, due to the new coronavirus pandemic, at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., March 31, 2020. They assembled briefly on the last day bills could be introduced during the legislative session.
Medical personnel take people out of the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on Monday, March 30, 2020, in Gallatin Tenn. As of Sunday, 74 residents and 33 staff members at the facility has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Bill Lee.
People prepare places to sleep in area marked by painted boxes on the ground of a parking lot at a makeshift camp for the homeless, March 30, 2020, in Las Vegas. Officials opened part of a parking lot as a makeshift homeless shelter after a local shelter closed when a man staying there tested positive for the coronavirus.
A postal service carrier dons gloves as he delivers mail in Jackson, Miss., March 30, 2020. The letter carrier, who asked to not be identified, said other carriers in his post office also have started to wear gloves amid concerns for the new coronavirus.
Gary Meyer, owner of Friedrichs Coffee, throws a bag of coffee into a car window at Friedrichs Coffee in Urbandale, Iowa, on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Meyer spent Saturday morning giving free bags of coffee to residents to help pull the community together as residents spend more time isolated in their homes due to the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Nurses stand on a hill outside the emergency entrance to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx borough of New York, Saturday, March 28, 2020, as they demonstrate with members of the New York Nursing Association in support of obtaining an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for those treating coronavirus patients. A member of the New York nursing community died earlier in the week at another New York hospital. The city leads the nation in the number of coronavirus cases. Nurses say they are having to reuse their protective equipment endangering patients and themselves.
A lone traveler enters an empty baggage claim area in Terminal Four at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix on Mar. 27, 2020. Airlines are reducing flights due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Teacher Julie Dannenmueller holds her sign for the students with the help of the Caped Crusader as teachers from Bluewater Elementary school have a parade through their school’s neighborhoods to sat “hi” to their homebound students on March 27, 2020 in Niceville, FL.
Tom Giesfeldt, of Milwaukee walks his his dogs in an empty Miller Park parking lot on what would have been the Milwaukee Brewers opening day game against the Chicago Cubs in Milwaukee on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The game was postponed due to the coronavirus.
Kate Madsen, 6, displays her drawing in her window in hopes that it would cheer her neighbors up on March 25, 2020 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Madsen and her first-grade classmates are learning remotely to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Robert Frost Elementary School. The 6-year-old says she misses her teachers, friends and art class.
Lori Glazer of Ossining, N.Y. rides an empty Metro-North train in to New York City during the morning rush hour March 25, 2020. Glazer is a registered nurse in the Children's Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She says that riding the empty trains is surreal and that it's scary going into the city because "you never know when you're going to get sick."
A low number of vehicles travel on a normally busy Marquette Interchange in Milwaukee on March 24, 2020. Scores of businesses will close for a month under a new order from Gov. Tony Evers aimed at keeping people in their homes to limit the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin.
Residents at The Waterford at St. Luke Senior Independent Living Community emerge from their apartments to wave flags and sing "God Bless America" on their balconies and porches in North Canton, Ohio on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, they must remain in their living areas.
Mail carrier Jasmine Armstrong wears a mask while delivering the mail in Peekskill, N.Y. March 23, 2020. Armstrong says the the postal service supplies gloves and a mask, and she is maintaining the recommended six feet from others in order to avoid being exposed to the Covid-19 virus.
Alba Sanchez, right, and her children, left to right, Stefanie Mendoza, 16, Alberto Mendoza, 11, and Iker Mendoza, 6, pick up their free breakfast and lunch that was delivered on a school bus to Park Place at Loyola apartments on Monday March 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Austin ISD continued to provide free meals to its students and their parents amid the school closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Daily routines must continue, Sammy Irizarry of Passaic, wears a mask and gloves as a precaution against COVID-19 while washing his clothes at Tri-City Laundromat on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Irizarry has preexisting health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure and is still working.
Signs block the paths to the beach at the Okaloosa Island, Florida, Boardwalk, Saturday, March 21, 2020, as beach closure orders are in effect for Walton and Okaloosa Counties in the Northwest Florida panhandle.
Ashley Layton, an LPN at St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center, communicates with a person before taking a swab sample at a special outdoor drive-thru screening station for COVID-19 coronavirus in Meridian, Idaho on March 17, 2020.
A pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus,, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle.
Even for a typically slow Sunday afternoon Grand Central Terminal in New York City was quieter than usual March 15, 2020 as Coronavirus concerns kept travelers and tourists off the streets and away from popular destinations in the city.
People stand outside the gates of Disneyland Park on the first day of the closure of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks as fear of the spread of coronavirus continue, in Anaheim, California, on March 14, 2020.
ACT Environmental Services crews clean a JetBlue plane after a flight from New York landed Wednesday night carrying a passenger who’d been infected with coronavirus at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida on March, 12, 2020. (Via OlyDrop)
A woman moves out of Chadbourne Hall Thursday, March 12, 2020 on the campus of UW-Madison in Madison, Wis. The university is one of multiple Wisconsin universities on Wednesday took dramatic steps to ward off or curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, everything from moving courses online to canceling university-sponsored travel and events to extending spring break.
Trader Michael Gallucci works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Stocks are closing sharply lower on Wall Street, erasing more than 1,400 points from the Dow industrials, as investors wait for a more aggressive response from the U.S. government to economic fallout from the coronavirus.
Judie Shape, left, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, waves to her daughter, Lori Spencer, right, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, as they visit on the phone and look at each other through a window at the Life Care Center.
David Rodriguez, top, and Joseph Alberts, of the City of Austin Transportation Department, take down a South by Southwest street banner on East 7th Street outside the music venue Barracuda on Tuesday March 10, 2020, after SXSW was canceled due to the coronavirus scare.
Passenger aboard the Grand Princess celebrate as they arrive in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, March 9, 2020. The cruise ship, which had maintained a holding pattern off the coast for days, is carrying multiple people who tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus.
A worker wipes down fare gates at the Montgomery Street Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station on March 7, 2020 in San Francisco, California. As the Coronavirus continues to spread, people are taking precautions to keep themselves and the general public safe by cleaning surfaces and wearing protective masks.
People walk through a sparse international departure terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport as concern over the coronavirus grows on March 7, 2020 in New York City. The number of global coronavirus infections has now surpassed 100,000, causing disruptions throughout the globe. The airline and travel industries has been especially hard hit by the outbreak, with both business and leisure travelers cancelling plans.
A woman who tested positive with the coronavirus is brought to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, March 6, 2020. She was transferred from Omaha's Methodist Hospital in an isolation pod inside an ambulance.
Larry Bowles, an equipment service worker for King County Metro, sprays Virex II 256, a disinfectant, throughout a metro bus at the King County Metro Atlantic/Central operating base on March 4, 2020 in Seattle, Wash. Metro's fleet of 1600 buses will get sprayed once a day to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Golden State Warriors fan Noah Gutierrez 11-years-old form Littleton, Colo. holds out his hand while wearing an elastic glove hoping to get a high five from Golden State Warriors Damion Lee prior to their game against the Denver Nuggets, March 3, 2020 in Denver. The NBA has told players to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking any item for autographs, the league's latest response in its ongoing monitoring of the coronavirus crisis.
A staff member blocks the view as a person is taken by a stretcher to a waiting ambulance from a nursing facility where more than 50 people are sick and being tested for the COVID-19 virus, in Kirkland, Wash. on Feb. 29, 2020.
John Farmer Jr., director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, said courts deferred to governors early in the pandemic under the threat that hospitals would become overwhelmed. But as the crisis wears on, even if courts overturn some restrictions as excessive, Farmer said governors and legislatures will debate the rules going forward.
“No court in the country would want to wind up micromanaging in response to a pandemic," said Farmer, a former New Jersey attorney general and dean of Rutgers Law School. "They might strike something down as excessive, but all that will do is return it to the political process for governors and legislatures to figure out."
State prosecutors charge price gouging
State officials are filing their own lawsuits and taking other enforcement actions. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller sued an Orange City man in April for alleged price gouging for charging $86 for a 12-pack of Angel Soft toilet paper and $50 for a six-pack of Bounty paper towels.
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein won a temporary restraining order in May against Charlotte's A1 Towing Solutions and its owner, David Satterfield, to stop charging up to $4,400 after towing or booting vehicles.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said his office has received more than 4,000 complaints about price gouging on necessities such as food, bottled water and masks, and has issued 975 cease-and-desist letters. He is also charging business owners and individuals criminally for violating shutdown orders.
Challenges to stay-at-home orders
As officials grapple with restrictions, individuals and their businesses have challenged rules they contend are unfair or unworkable. Christopher Atchison, a professor emeritus at the University of Iowa's Department of Health Management and Policy, said the 50 state "laboratories of democracy" respond differently as they gauge how infectious a virus is and how to combat it.
“You wind up with a cauldron of different ingredients that result in the tensions that you get about what Wisconsin might be doing or Iowa might be doing,” Atchison said.
Maine's state nickname is Vacationland, but tourism businesses have argued they've lost significant reservations because of Gov. Janet Mills. She initially ordered lodgings closed as non-essential and continues to require people visiting or returning from other states to spend 14 days in quarantine before venturing out.
Her reopening plan allowed Mainers to enjoy campgrounds starting Memorial Day weekend, but anticipates the quarantine rule remaining until August. Several businesses filed at least two federal lawsuits challenging the quarantine rule.
“Who’s going to want to come up here to sit in their camper and not being allowed to leave?” asked Kevin Richard, a lawyer for Bayley’s Camping Resort and Little Ossippee Campground. “It’s really confusing for our campgrounds.”
U.S. District Judge Lance Walker set a May 28 deadline for written arguments about whether to block Mills' order temporarily.
A cleaning worker wearing personal protective equipment disinfects Jamaica Market in Mexico City, on May 23, 2020 during the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has killed at least 338,128 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1100 GMT on Saturday based on official sources.
Ana and a fellow volunteer prepare food rations to be distributed to people in need at the Nazaret Association food bank in Madrid on May 24, 2020. The association who is attending to 600 people warned that due to the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak many people have barely any resources left.
Demonstrators take part in a "caravan for Spain and its freedom" protest by far-right party Vox in Sevilla on May 23, 2020. Spain, one of the most affected countries in the world by the novel coronavirus with 28,628 fatalities, has extended until June 6 the state of emergency which significantly limits the freedom of movement to fight the epidemic. The left-wing government's management of the crisis has drawn a barrage of criticism from right-wing parties who have denounced its "brutal confinement".
A protester is taken away by police officers during a rally against restrictions in place to limit the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on May 23, 2020 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany.
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Young children look out of the sun roof of a car ahead of the Stage X drive-in concert at KINTEX parking lot in Goyang, South Korea, Saturday, May 23, 2020. The concert's aim is to provide entertainment for South Korean citizens who have been craving for music events that have been suspended during the coronavirus outbreak.
Women wearing protective face masks pray at a cemetery at the grave of a relative who died of COVID-19, on May 21, 2020, in Istanbul, amid the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus. The cemetery in the city's Beykoz district on the Asian side was built in March when Turkey confirmed its first case. Now it houses more than 700 people who died of contagious diseases including COVID-19.
A picture of a student is seen on a tablet that is placed on a robot during an event called "cyber-graduation" at a school at Taguig in Manila, Philippines, May 22, 2020. Robots were used to represent some 179 highschool students during an online graduation ceremony that was beamed live on Facebook to avoid mass gatherings as the school's measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
People eat at a street restaurant implementing social distancing with plastic dividers after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok's Chinatown on May 21, 2020. Thailand continued easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on May 17 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be re-imposed should cases increase again.
A woman sunbathes in a roped off distancing zone marked out by the municipality along the beaches in La Grande Motte, France, on May 21, 2020, as the nation eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. The local municipality dubbed this set up 'organized beaches', the first in France to implement separated zones for beach goers in order to respect social distancing.
Colombian Huitoto indigenous people pose wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Leticia, department of Amazonas, Colombia on May 20, 2020.
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A customer sits with his laptop beside display mannequins at the Cafe Livres in Essen, Germany, May 20, 2020. The cafe set the dolls as placeholders on various places for more distance between customers due to the new coronavirus orders for restaurants and cafes.
Students sit behind protective screens as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as they eat lunch at a high school in Daejeon on May 20, 2020. Hundreds of thousands of South Korean students returned to school on May 20 as education establishments started reopening after a coronavirus delay of more than two months.
A passenger wearing a face shield sits along with others in a train carriage of Karachi bound Awam Express at the Rawalpindi railway station as train services resumed ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on May 20, 2020.
Passengers wearing face masks stand in close proximity as they ride a canal boat during the evening rush hour in Bangkok, Thailand, May 20, 2020. The Thai government continues to ease restrictions related to running businesses in the capital Bangkok that were imposed weeks ago to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Policemen push back stranded migrant workers as they gather for a medical screening before taking a train to Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh state to return to their hometowns after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Amritsar on May 20, 2020.
Motorbike riders with face masks are stuck in traffic during the morning peak hour on May 19, 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Though some restrictions remain in place, Vietnam has lifted the ban on certain entertainment facilities and non-essential businesses, including pubs, cinemas and spas & other tourist attractions to recover domestic tourism.
Teachers check dividers on desks in a class ahead of school reopening at Junghwa Girls High School in Daegu, South Korea, May 19, 2020. South Korean Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip urged vigilance to maintain hard-won gains against the virus and called for education officials to double check preventive measures with high-school seniors returning to school on Wednesday.
Students stand next to cones to mark social distancing as they wait in line before entering the classroom at Les Magnolias primary school during the partial lifting of COVID-19, lockdown regulations in Brussels, May 18, 2020. Belgium is taking the next step in its relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown on Monday, with more students going to school, markets and museums reopening
A gondolier wearing a face mask transports his very first customer as service resumes at the San Toma embankment on a Venice canal on May 18, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus.
A shopper wearing a face mask points to products from behind a plastic sheet at a street market on May 14, 2020, on the Saxe Avenue in Paris, as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus.
A worker is seen inside the Beijing Applied Biological Technologies (XABT) research and development laboratory in Beijing on May 14, 2020. XABT is a Chinese company specializing in developing pathogens diagnostics, among them reagent kits for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
A passenger with her hand marked with a quarantine stamp stands at a security check point after she arrived by a special train service from Bangalore to Secunderabad railway station, the twin city of Hyderabad on May 13, 2020. India's enormous railway network tentatively ground back to life on May 12 as a gradual lifting of the world's biggest coronavirus lockdown gathered pace even as new cases surged.
Children attend a course in the forest near Upie, France on May 12, 2020. - Some pupils went to school again amongst oaks and pines with parents acting as teachers as a protest schools remaining closed in the village.
Primary school students play wearing protective visor caps made by the city council in the courtyard of a primary school, on 12 May 2020, in La Grand-Croix, two days after France eased lockdown measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Antoinette van Zalinge, principal of the public elementary school De Notenkraker, who dressed up to show the need of social distancing, welcomes pupils in Amsterdam, May 11, 2020, as primary schools, barber shops and libraries reopened after a partial lockdown because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
A woman wearing a face mask takes a selfie while visiting the Disneyland amusement park in Shanghai on May 11, 2020. Disneyland Shanghai reopened on May 11 to the public after being closed since January due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Visits will be limited initially and must be booked in advance, and the company said it will increase cleaning and require social distancing in lines for the various attractions.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing protective gear and observing social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, study the Talmud and rabbinic literature at an improvised outdoors Kollel (gathering place for religious studies) at a park in their Ultra-orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, on May 11, 2020.
Spanish priest Antonio Gomez wearing a face mask and an acrylic shield gives the holy communion to worshippers at the San Miguel Basilica in Palma de Mallorca on May 11, 2020 as Spain moved towards easing its strict lockdown in certain regions. One of the worst-hit countries, Spain plans a phased transition through the end of June, with around half of the 47 million population being allowed out to socialize to a limited degree from Monday and restaurants offering some outdoor service.
Members of a coronavirus testing station stand on the factory premises of the Westfleisch meat processing company in Hamm, western Germany, on May 10, 2020, as all workers of the company have to be tested on the novel coronavirus after a spike in cases at their slaughterhouse.
A woman weaing a face mask exercices in Madrid on May 9, 2020, during the hours allowed by the government to exercise, amid the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. - Spain's two biggest cities Madrid and Barcelona will not enter the next phase out of coronavirus lockdown along with many other regions next week, the government said.
Police personnel distribute grocery items to people in need after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus,in Amritsar on May 9, 2020.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man wears a protective face mask as he shops at Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market, on May 8, 2020. Markets and shopping malls have reopened across Israel after temporarily being closed for more than a month in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease.
A worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant at the Lahore railway station during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Lahore on May 7, 2020.
An Indian woman checks in at the Dubai International Airport before leaving the Gulf Emirate on a flight back to her country, on May 7, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. The first wave of a massive exercise to bring home hundreds of thousands of Indians stuck abroad was under way today, with two flights preparing to leave from the United Arab Emirates.
Buddhist monks wearing facemasks take their places for prayers inside the Wat Bowonniwetwiharn temple as Thais are encouraged not to gather inside places of worship, in an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, on Visaka Bucha Day in Bangkok on May 6, 2020.
Medical staff claps and waves from the balcony of the Infectious Diseases Clinic in Skopje on May 5, 2020, in support for the invaluable work that nurses and midwives do to ensure clean care for patients, mothers and babies, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Traditional Thai dancers wearing protective face shields perform at the Erawan Shrine, which was reopened after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Bangkok on May 4, 2020. Thailand began easing restrictions related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus on May 3 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be reimposed should cases increase again.
A woman holds a yoga posture as she exercises by the Colosseum monument in Rome on May 4, 2020, as Italy starts to ease its lockdown, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. Stir-crazy Italians will be free to stroll and visit relatives for the first time in nine weeks on May 4, 2020 as Europe's hardest-hit country eases back the world's longest nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
An employee works to set up a medical facility to accomodate COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms at the Nippon Foundation Para Arena in Tokyo on May 4, 2020. Japan's government prepared on May 4 to extend its nationwide state of emergency to the end of May as it braces for a lengthy battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
Life-size cutouts depicting a crowd of spectators are seen placed in empty seating during a Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) game between the Rakuten Monkeys and CTBC Brothers at the Taoyuan Baseball Stadium on May 2, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Global fans starved of baseball are flocking to Taiwan's league as the island basks in the glow of being one of the few places in the world hosting live sports.
A woman walks home with groceries next to barbed wire in the coronavirus locked down area of Selayang Baru, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday, May 3, 2020. The Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the economy needs to be revived as billions have been lost during the partial lockdown that began in March.
A man takes a selfie photo with healthcare workers in protective suits at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona, encouraging people who exercise outside, early on May 2, 2020, during the hours allowed by the government to exercise, for the first time since the beginning of a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
Board Chair of Kenyatta National Hospital George Opondo Ooko, right, speaks to a patient in a ward for those who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, at the infectious disease unit of Kenyatta National Hospital, located at Mbagathi Hospital, in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, May 1, 2020.
A municipal employee, wearing a special suit to protect against coronavirus, cleans and disinfects an almost empty of pedestrians Garden Ring during a lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 1, 2020.
A residents from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. South Africa will begin a phased easing of its strict lockdown measures on May 1, although confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to increase.
A visitor in a plexiglass lock talks to a resident at Les Jardins d'Astrid, a rest home in Maurage, La Louviere, on April 29, 2020, as the visits to residents of rest homes are possible from today in Wallonia.
Israeli policemen wearing protective face masks, scuffle with merchants in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market, on April 26, 2020, protesting against the continued closure of the landmark open air market, after authorities reduced some lockdown measures imposed in order to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, by allowing shops to reopen.
A security personnel wearing protective gear checks the passports of British nationals before check-in for a special flight to London during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar, India on April 25, 2020.
A boy tries to wear a face mask as members of coalition for grassroots human rights defenders Kenya (CGHRD'S Kenya) work for their food distribution, a bag contains 2kg of maize flour, 1kg each of sugar and rice, soap, tea, salt and a face mask, to vulnerable families that have lost their income in the menace of the COVID 19 coronavirus in Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya on April 25, 2020. President Kenyatta announced to the nation to extend another 21 days of night curfew.
South Koreans wear masks and sit according to social distancing as a preventive measure against the coronavirus (COVID-19), as they prepare for an insurance planner examination of General Insurance Association of Korea at Seokyeong University playground on April 25, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has called for expanded public participation in social distancing, as the country witnesses a wave of community spread and imported infections leading to a resurgence in new cases of COVID-19. According to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 new cases were reported. The total number of infections in the nation tallies at 10,718.
Inmates from Villa Devoto Prison burn mattresses during a riot demanding measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after Covid-19 cases were allegedly confirmed inside the prison, in Buenos Aires on April 24, 2020.
A paramedic sprays Minister of Information Manal Abdul-Samad with disinfectant as she arrives for a parliament meeting, in Beirut, Lebanon, April 21, 2020. Lebanon's parliament began a three-day legislative session Tuesday at a Beirut theater so that legislators can observe social distancing measures due to the coronavirus pandemic, as protests against the country's ruling elite in the crisis-hit country resumed.
A resident living close to a boarding house, which housed foreign students from Malaysia, gets his temperature taken by an Indonesian health officer amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on April 20, 2020.
Novice monks wearing face shields as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus attend religious studies at Wat Molilokkayaram Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand on April 20, 2020.
An employee of the municipal corporation drives through a disinfection tunnel outside their office building during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Faridabad, India on April 20, 2020.
A nurse wearing protective clothing and face mask, takes care of a COVID-19 patient at the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) department in the Karolinska hospital in Solna, near Stockholm, Sweden, on April 19, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic.
An Indian wearing a face mask looks out from a gate during lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Hyderabad, India, Saturday, April 18, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the world's largest coronavirus lockdown to head off the epidemic's peak, with officials racing to make up for lost time.
A man reacts as a medical staffer tests shoppers who volunteered at a pop-up community COVID-19 testing station at a supermarket carpark in Christchurch, New Zealand, April 17, 2020. New Zealand is into week four of a 28-day lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
A civic worker sprays disinfectant on a policeman standing guard after a protest by migrant workers against the extension of the lockdown, in a slum in Mumbai, India, April 14, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday extended the world's largest coronavirus lockdown to head off the epidemic's peak, with officials racing to make up for lost time.
A man pushing a shopping cart asks a woman kneeling in prayer to get out of the way because she is obstructing people trying to get into a supermarket, in Lima, Peru, Saturday, April 11, 2020. The woman was praising God for cleansing the earth of heathens using the new coronavirus.
Catholic believers, wearing face masks and practicing social distancing to protect from coronavirus, are blessed by priest outside a church as religious services continue in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, April 11, 2020. The Catholic community in predominantly Orthodox Christian Belarus prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
A technician sprays disinfectant along the streets of the French Riviera city of Cannes France, on April 10, 2020, on day twenty-five of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus.
A woman stands next to a makeshift checkpoint, part of a community safety initiative in the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on April 9, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus epidemic.
This photo taken through a glass window at a maternity ward shows nurses putting a face shield on a newborn baby, in an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok on April 9, 2020.
An employee of France's biggest coffin-maker, OGF group pushes a coffin in a storage room in Jussey, eastern France, on April 8, 2020, amid the spread of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
A mariachi band serenades the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER) in Mexico City, on April 7, 2020 to give hope to those fighting COVID-19 and the medical personnel during the coronavirus pandemic. The serenade was organized by the Tequila and Mezcal Museum with the aim of encouraging the sick and medical personnel and the whole of Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Volunteers from Sonko Rescue Team, an NGO privately funded by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, fumigate a street to curb the spread of COVID-19 during a joint operation with Nairobi county during curfew at a residential area in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 6, 2020. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 6 imposed a three-week ban on movement in and out of four main coronavirus "infected areas," including the capital Nairobi, ahead of the usually busy Easter weekend. Kenya currently counts 158 cases and six deaths from the virus, most of them in the capital, with a few cases also along the coast.
An honor guard wearing protective masks due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus prepare for the arrival of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida at the King Rama I monument to mark Chakri Memorial Day that honors the founding of the ruling Chakri Dynasty in Bangkok on April 6, 2020.
A Sri Lankan fire brigade person disinfects his colleagues after they assisted transporting the coffin of a person who died not because of the new virus during a curfew in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 5, 2020.
Migrant workers wait for lunch at a camp set up by Delhi Government during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in New Delhi on April 1, 2020.
A medical staff watches from a platform of the Gare d'Austerlitz train station on April 1, 2020 in Paris through the window of a medicalized TGV high speed train before its departure to evacuate patients infected with the COVID-19 from Paris' region hospitals to other hospitals in the western France Brittany region where the outbreak has been limited so far. France has been on lockdown since March 17 in a bid to limit the contagion caused by the novel coronavirus, a situation it has extended until at least April 15.
New employees of Japan's defense ministry sit on chairs spaced apart for social distancing due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, as they watch a video message of Defense Minister Taro Kono during a ceremony in Tokyo on April 1, 2020.
A volunteer sprays disinfectant in Shwedagon Pagoda compound as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Yangon on March 31, 2020. Myanmar reported its first coronavirus death a 69-year-old man who returned to the country in mid-March after receiving cancer treatment in Australia.
Motorists are sprayed with disinfectant in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus outbreak at the gate of a housing complex in South Tangerang, Indonesia, March 31, 2020. Indonesia will close its doors to foreign arrivals in an attempt to curb the coronavirus spread while the country plans to bring home more than a million nationals working abroad.
Police inspector Rajesh Babu, wearing coronavirus-themed helmet, speaks to a family on a motorbike at a checkpoint during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in Chennai, India, on March 28, 2020.
A member of the South African Police Service enforces social distancing as he makes shoppers hold their hands out in front of them to ensure that they are at least one meter apart from one another while they wait outside a supermarket in Yeoville, Johannesburg, on March 28, 2020.
Members of the Charitable Brotherhood of Saint-Eloi de Bethune, each wearing a face mask, carry a coffin towards a grave, at Pierrette cemetery in Bethune, on March 27, 2020, as the country is under lockdown to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Founded in 1188, the Charitables have for eight centuries taken care of funerals for the inhabitants of Bethune regardless of religion or wealth. Rarely, though, are they done behind almost-closed doors.
A doctor (L) shows the welcome desk of a consultation center dedicated to covid19 suspected patients in Tinteniac, France on March 27, 2020. The consultation center is located in an intermunicipal venue to remove patients at risk of infection from doctors' offices in order to continue caring for other patients.
The iconic Matterhorn mountain is illuminated by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter aiming to send messages of hope, support and solidarity to people suffering from the global coronavirus disease, COVID-19, pandemic in the alpine resort of Zermatt, Switzerland, Thursday, March 26, 2020.
An opera tenor singer performs the song O sole mio from his window in Paris on March 26, 2020 on the evening of the tenth day of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus.
The just married couple Laila and Boualem Bellil walk in the Stall Courtyard, a most frequented tourist spot, in Dresden, eastern Germany, Thursday, March 26, 2020. They celebrate today without wedding guests because of the government regulations and want to make up for the party next year. In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the German government has considerably restricted public life and asked the citizens to stay at home. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
Members of the Danish Parliament stand in line to vote one by one on another emergency law to combat the coronavirus pandemic, outside the Parliament at Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark, on March 26, 2020.
Barber Eugenio Lafargue, reflected in a mirror wearing a protective face mask against a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, styles a customer's hair, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Egyptian municipality workers disinfect the Giza pyramids necropolis on the southwestern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo on March 25, 2020 as protective a measure against the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.
A Serbian military personal wearing a protective mask walks amongst beds set up inside a hall at the Belgrade Fair to accommodate people suffering from mild symptoms of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 on March 24, 2020. More than 200,000 coronavirus cases have been declared in Europe, according to an AFP tally on March 24, 2020.
A temple worker wearing a mask to protect himself from the coronavirus COVID-19 attaches a name card with a wish to a lantern at Jogyesa Temple as Buddhists prepare to celebrate Buddha's birthday on March 23, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has called for expanded public participation in social distancing for the next two weeks, as the country witnesses a wave of community spread and imported infections leading to a resurgence in new cases of COVID-19. According to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, 64 new cases were reported. The total number of infections in the nation tallies at 8,961.
A replica of an elephant with a face mask is driven on trailer pulled by a car to bring awareness during a one-day Janata (civil) curfew imposed by the government amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Chennai on March 22, 2020.
Don Giuseppe Corbari, parson of the Church of Robbiano, adjusts prints of selfies sent by his congregation and glued to empty pews before celebrating Sunday mass in Giussano on March 22, 2020. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on March 21, 2020, ordered all non-essential companies and factories to close nationwide to stem a coronavirus pandemic that has killed 4,825 people in the country in a month. "The decision taken by the government is to close down all productive activity throughout the territory that is not strictly necessary, crucial, indispensable, to guarantee us essential goods and services," Conte said in a late-night TV address.
Muslim men perform Friday prayer at the distance of about one meter (3 ft) to each other as a social distancing effort to prevent the spread of new coronavirus outbreak at Al Akbar mosque in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, March 20, 2020.
Passengers ride the tube on March 19, 2020 in London, England. Transport for London announced the closure of up to 40 stations as officials advised against non-essential travel. Bus and London Overground service will also be reduced.
A passenger wears a face mask and plastic food bags on her face as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus after landing at Hong Kong's international airport on March 19, 2020. On March 18, Hong Kong authorities began ordering all arrivals from overseas to wear electronic bracelets, connected to an app to mark your location, and two weeks self-quarantine.
Health personnel measure the temperature of a visitor at the entrance of the Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya on March 18, 2020. The Government of Kenya confirmed new positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 18, 2020, bringing the total official number of cases in the East African country to 7. African countries have been among the last to be hit by the global COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic but as cases rise, many nations are now taking strict measures to block the deadly illness.
Thousands of Muslims attend a prayer session asking for safety amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, near Raipur in Lakshmipur district on March 18, 2020.Thousands of Muslims have joined a special prayer in a southern Bangladesh town seeking protection from the coronavirus to almighty, officials said on March 18 as the south Asian nation confirmed its first casualty by Covid-19.
Volunteers pack hand sanitizer and disinfectant that will be distributed for free in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on March 18 2020, as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.
A deliveryman wearing a protective face mask pauses by a double-deck tourist bus decorated with a huge mask in the center of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on March 18, 2020. Ukraine late on March 16 announced shutdowns of public transport, bars, restaurants and shopping malls to stem the spread of the coronavirus after President Volodymyr Zelensky promised to act "harshly, urgently, perhaps unpopularly". The government supported Zelensky's proposals and introduced restrictions on domestic movement, including full closure of the country's three metro systems in Kiev, Kharkiv and Dniprom until April 3.
A man sprays commuters with hand sanitizer as a preventive measures in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 18, 2020. African countries have been among the last to be hit by the global COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic but as cases rise, many nations are now taking strict measures to block the deadly illness.
The UME (Emergency Army Unit) attend the train station in Granada, Spain March 17, 2020. Police checked passports and IDs at the Pyrenees' border with France and along the 1,200 kilometer shared border with Portugal, as Spain re-established controls for incoming and outgoing travellers to stem the new COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
People clap their hands and wave, in Rome, Saturday, March 14, 2020. At noon in Italy, people came out on their balconies, terraces, gardens or simply leaned out from open windows to clap for several minute in a gesture of thanks for the doctors, nurses, other hospital staff and ambulance crews who have been treating and helping infected patients.
Employees of the Istanbul Municipality wearing protective gear disinfects a subway carriage to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, in Istanbul on March 12, 2020. Turkey announced on March 11, 2020 its first coronavirus case, a man who had recently travelled to Europe and is in good health.
Workers place a mask on the figure of the Fallas festival in Valencia, Wednesday March 11, 2020. The Fallas festival which was due to take place on March 13 has been cancelled over the coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
A disinfectant worker sprays anti-septic solution against COVID-19 aboard a firetruck along a street on March 11, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday declared a state of public health emergency as the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the country rose to 33 from just 3 cases last week. With over 115,000 confirmed cases around the world, the coronavirus has so far claimed over 4,000 lives.
Medical staff celebrate after all patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up to treat people with the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 9, 2020. China closed most of its makeshift hospitals for coronavirus patients, some schools reopened and Disney resort staff went back to work on March 9 as normality slowly returns to the country after weeks battling the epidemic.
A protester sprays protesters with sprays disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus during a rally demanding women's right during the International Women's Day in Tahrir square in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 8, 2020.
Medics treat a patient infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, March 8, 2020. With the approaching Persian New Year, known as Nowruz, officials kept up pressure on people not to travel and to stay home. Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour, who gave Iran's new casualty figures Sunday, reiterated that people should not even attend funerals.
Volunteers spray disinfectant with a robot at a residental area in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 3, 2020. The world has entered uncharted territory in its battle against the deadly coronavirus, the UN health agency warned, as new infections dropped dramatically in China on March 3 but surged abroad with the US death toll rising to six.
Medical personnel attend to a patient in critical condition at a hospital designated for coronavirus patients in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Sunday, March 1, 2020. China on Sunday reported a slight uptick in new cases exceeded 500 over the past 24 hours. They remain almost entirely confined to the hardest-hit province of Hubei and its capital, the epicenter of Wuhan.
Mask-clad commuters make their way to work during morning rush hour at the Shinagawa train station in Tokyo on Feb. 28, 2020. Tokyo's key Nikkei index plunged nearly three percent at the open on February 28 after US and European sell-offs with investors worried about the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a bus garage in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 26, 2020. The number of new virus infections in South Korea jumped again Wednesday and the U.S. military reported its first case among its soldiers based in the Asian country, with his case and many others connected to a southeastern city with an illness cluster.
A shopper wearing face mask pushes a shopping cart in front of an empty shelves inside a grocery store on Feb. 9, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong has 29 confirmed cases of Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with over 37,500 confirmed cases around the world, the virus has so far claimed over 800 lives.
A Chinese woman wears a protective mask as she has her temperature checked before entering a park with her child on Feb. 9, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to more than 37000 in mainland China Sunday, days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global public health emergency. China continued to lock down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts have confirmed can be passed from human to human. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities have put travel restrictions on the city which is the epicenter of the virus and municipalities in other parts of the country affecting tens of millions of people. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 810 on Sunday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and several others. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert and screening has been stepped up at airports around the world. Some countries, including the United States, have put restrictions on Chinese travelers entering and advised their citizens against travel to China.
A Chinese girl wears a plastic bottle as makeshift homemade protection and a protective mask while waiting to check in to a flight at Beijing Capital Airport on Jan. 30, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to over 7000 in mainland China Thursday as the country continued to lock down the city of Wuhan in an effort to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts have confirmed can be passed from human to human. In an unprecedented move, Chinese authorities put travel restrictions on the city which is the epicenter of the virus and neighboring municipalities affecting tens of millions of people. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to over 170 on Thursday, mostly in Hubei province, and cases have been reported in other countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and France. The World Health Organization has warned all governments to be on alert, and its emergency committee is to meet later on Thursday to decide whether to declare a global health emergency.
Chinese police officers wearing masks stand in front of the Tiananmen Gate on Jan. 26, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of coronavirus rose to 1,975 in mainland China on Sunday. Authorities tightened restrictions on travel and tourism this weekend after putting Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, under quarantine on Thursday. The spread of the virus corresponds with the first days of the Spring Festival, which is one of the biggest domestic travel weeks of the year in China. Popular tourism landmarks in Beijing including the Forbidden City, Badaling Great Wall, and The Palace Museum were closed to the public starting Saturday. The Beijing Municipal Education Commission announced it will delay reopening schools from kindergarten to university. The death toll on Sunday rose to 56. The majority of fatalities are in Wuhan where the first cases of the virus were reported last month.
Chinese children wear protective masks as they wait to board trains at Beijing Railway station before the annual Spring Festival on Jan. 21, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to nearly 300 in mainland China Tuesday as health officials stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the pneumonia-like disease which medicals experts confirmed can be passed from human to human. The number of those who have died from the virus in China climbed to six on Tuesday and cases have been reported in other parts of Asia including in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
In Illinois, Poopy’s bills itself as the biggest destination for bikers in the state and markets a 1-pound burger called the “big poop.” But the owners, Kevin and Peggy Promenschenkel, said they could go out of business if a federal court doesn't block Gov. Pritzker’s closure order.
The local health department didn’t force Poopy’s to close, according to the lawsuit. But the Illinois Liquor Control Commission threatened to yank its license, along with unspecified criminal and civil penalties, if it remained open.
“Pritzker has no constitutional authority to forcible close Poopy’s business,” the lawsuit said.
Pritzker told reporters May 12 that more people would be hospitalized and would die if people don’t follow science in reopening gradually. In response to a question about whether Poopy’s and others could reopen, Pritzker said the “vast majority” of businesses and counties were reopening without “relying on science in any way whatsoever.”
“I would just suggest to all of them that they are putting the patrons of their businesses and the people who live in their counties or in their cities in danger when they simply break the rules – break the law in fact – and decide they want to go it alone,” Pritzker said. “I just want to remind everybody, this virus is still out there and still killing people.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Draconian'? 'House arrest'? Coronavirus lockdowns prompt raft of lawsuits against states
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